Sturgeon Moon of August, and other full moon dates for 2020

This year, space fans may have seen the full moon of July darker than usual, as the third lunar eclipse of 2020 took place.

When? 5 July

Total lunar eclipse

A total lunar eclipse, known as the ‘blood moon’, occurs when the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow. At the distance of the moon, this shadow appears like a bull’s eye in the center of a dartboard.

The ombrel shadow creeps slowly over the moon’s disk until it is fully enclosed. You might think that the moon will disappear from view at this point, but it is not usually so. The Earth’s atmosphere acts like a lens, infecting an otherwise dark womb by refracting or tilting the sun’s red light. It converts to dark blood orange as a result of the moon’s normal bright white color.

Space lovers will remember that the last total lunar eclipse climbed our skies on January 21, 2019. 5:12 am.

While the next total lunar eclipse is not scheduled to take place in Britain until May 16, 2022, there have been three full lunar eclipses on January 10, June 5 and July 5 this year.

This type of eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow, also known as the penumbra, causing the lunar surface to slightly darken. Therefore, it is easily mistaken for a normal full moon and unlike a total lunar eclipse, it can be difficult to notice or observe.


Does this famous phrase have anything to do with the moon? Well, yes it does. We use it in the context of very rare things and a blue moon is a rare occurrence.

The monthly blue moon is a name given to a second full moon that occurs in a single calendar month and usually occurs once every two to three years. In 2020, Hunter’s Moon will also be a blue moon on 31 October as it is the second full moon in October.

A seasonal blue moon describes the third of four full moons occurring in an astronomical season. In 2019, the May flower moon was a seasonal blue moon.

There are many other moons too – how many do you know?

Poornachandra: We all know what these are. They come every month and light up in the sky at night.

New Moon: Sometimes referred to as the invisible phase, because it cannot usually be seen in the sky. This is when the Sun and Moon align with the Sun and Earth in the opposite direction to the Moon. As a result, the side of the moon that faces the Earth is left in complete darkness.

black Moon: Most experts agree that it refers to the second new moon in a calendar month, while some use the term to describe the third new moon in the season of four new moons. The last black moon occurred on August 30, 2019, which was also a Super Amavasya, and the next one is due on August 19, 2020.

full moon: Also known as total lunar eclipse. This is when the Earth’s shadow scatters a red glow on the Moon, the result of a rare combination of an eclipse with the nearest full moon of the year. There was one in the UK in January 2019, with the next one set to appear on 16 May 2022 in South America, North America and parts of Europe and Africa. Space fans in the UK will not see every stage. During this eclipse, but when the moon appears with a reddish-orange glow, it should be able to see in totality.

What is a supermoon?

Ever looked at the night sky to see a full moon so you can almost touch it? Well you’ve probably seen a supermoon.

Effective vision occurs when a full moon is in its orbit at a point that brings it closest to the Earth. For us, the Earth-ling, it looks 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger.